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Lavone 'Pepper' Paire Davis dies; baseball pioneer was 88

Lavone 'Pepper' Paire Davis dies; baseball pioneer was 88

She was a star player of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the pioneering women's league that kept baseball alive during World War II. When the league folded after the war ended, she, like other women players of the day, packed her groundbreaking history away, along with her glove, bat and baseball uniforms.

But with the 1992 release of the hit film "A League of Their Own" about the short-lived women's league, Lavone "Pepper" Paire Davis, an All-Star catcher and gritty clutch hitter, was rediscovered, becoming a popular speaker and tireless promoter of women in professional sports.

Paire Davis, who...

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